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Adieu Sauvage by Sergio Guataquira Sarmiento

Each week, we highlight films presented in the National Competition during the sixth Brussels International Film Festival.

This section enables the audience and professionals from all over the world to discover documentary and fiction films in their Belgian premiere. This week, the focus is on the film Adieu Sauvage by Sergio Guataquira Sarmiento.

Adieu Sauvage

World premiere at the Cinéma du Réel documentary festival (Paris) and Best Documentary Award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival (Michigan, USA), Adieu Sauvage is the first feature film by Sergio Guataquira Sarmiento.

The starting point of the documentary is the number of suicides that occur in Amerindian communities. The filmmaker, who lives in Belgium and is himself a descendant of an indigenous Colombian community, went to investigate this phenomenon and reconnected with his forgotten roots. Through the encounter with the Cacua people, the film tells of the feelings as well as the loneliness that rages in this ethnic group. Shot entirely in black and white, this documentary also tells the story of the director’s initiatory journey.

A moving, humorous and very personal film that BRIFF invites you to discover in its cinema as a Belgian premiere.


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